God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm.(REPEAT)
Deep in unfathomable mines Of never-failing skill He treasures up His bright designs, And works His sov'reign will.(REPEAT)
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take; The clouds ye so much dread Are big with mercy, and shall break In blessings on your head.(REPEAT)
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, But trust Him for His grace; Behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face.(REPEAT)
His purposes will ripen fast, Unfolding ev'ry hour; The bud may have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flow'r.(REPEAT)
Blind unbelief is sure to err, And scan His work in vain; God is His own interpreter, And He will make it plain.(REPEAT)
(Tune: "All Things Work Out For Good", pg.267)
Remember In Prayer This Week: Tracey Riedstra; Gina and Graham Dison; Kim Mullings; Pam Austin; Sarah Caniano; Judy Ward; Leroy Moore; Stanley Dison; Monica Aaron; Tye Wilson; Lael Pedersen; Devonne Lewis; Jackie Gaddis; Dusty Adams;Ashton Ward; Rayna Kay Bartley; Diane Balsamo; ALL THE BRETHREN effected by this virus
Happy Birthday This Week: Sallie Barfield - May 13 Chasity Taylor - May 13
Who Is Like Unto Our God?
"Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us: he will subdue our iniquities: and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea."Micah 7:18,19.
My soul! hast thou ever duly and thoroughly pondered over the several interesting volumes of grace recorded in this glorious scripture? If not, make them the subject of this evening's, song. Let every chapter contained in them, pass and re-pass in review before thee, and see whether, in the close of the whole, the astonishment of the man of God is not thine also; crying out, "Who is a God like our God? a God in Christ, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin!" And, first, "He pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his people." Yes; in Jesus, the Son of his love, he hath done all this, and more than this, for he hath taken the objects of his clemency into favour. Secondly, the cause of all these unspeakable felicities is assigned; "because he delighteth in mercy." It is from himself, and his own free sovereign grace, that these blessings flow. Not what the highly-favoured objects merit, but what grace can do for them. Not what claims they have to his bounty, but how his grace can best be magnified in their salvation. Sweet and precious consideration to the breast of every poor sinner! My soul! I hope that thou canst truly participate in the delightful thought. Thirdly, he that in mercy, will delight to "turn again" to his people. He will turn their hearts to himself, and then his returns to them will sweetly follow, to their apprehension, and to their joy. "Fourthly, he will not only pardon their iniquity, but "he will subdue their iniquities: not only take away the guilt of sin, but also destroy the dominion of sin; not only cast their sins behind his back, but "cast them into the depths of the sea:" and so effectually shall they be lost, that if the sin of Judah be sought for, it shall not be found. The depths of the sea, that fountain which God hath opened in the Redeemer's blood, shall more completely bury them, than the congregated waters of the ocean cover any mountain or hill cast into them. Say now, my soul! dost thou not look up to a God in Christ, and cry out, with the prophet, in the same holy rapture and astonishment, "Who is a God like unto thee?"
Robert Hawker's "Poor Man's Morning And Evening Portion"
"A Woman's Best Ornament" by J.C.Philpot
"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty that depends on fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God." (1 Peter 3:3-4) This "beauty that comes from within" is that . . meekness, quietness, gentleness, brokenness of heart, contrition of spirit, humility of mind, tenderness of conscience, which are fitting to the children of God. A gentle and quiet spirit is a woman's best ornament. As to other gay and unbecoming ornaments, let those wear them, who wish to serve and to enjoy . . . the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. Let the "daughters of Zion" manifest they have other ornaments than what the world admires and approves. Let them covet . . .the teachings of God, the smiles of His love, the whispers of His favor.the more they have of these, the less will they care for the adornments which the "daughters of Canaan" run so madly after; by which also they often impoverish themselves, and by opening a way for admiration, too often open a way for seduction and ruin.
A Note From The Pastor
As we gather this morning to worship our Sovereign God, let us be thankful for our mothers. To the children, young men and women of our Church, I encourage you to be ever so grateful for your Mother, but even more grateful if she believes the Gospel. It's such a privilege if your Mother believes the Gospel and instructs you in the "way of righteousness". Paul told Timothy: "When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also."(II Tim.1:5) To the husbands of this Church, I admonish you to cherish your wife, the mother of your children, and count your blessings as well if God has been pleased to give you a believing wife. Surely Soloman in all his wisdom realized this when he wrote: "Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth (believes in Him as a "just God and a Saviour") the LORD, she shall be praised.(Prov.31:30)
Remember to tell your Mother today how much you love and appreciate all she has done for you. I can say from experience, the day the Lord sees fit to take your Mom from the earth, you'll always remember how much she meant to you. So don't wait until she is gone to honor her with love and obedience. Show her your love while you have her.